Sunday Funday: Week 22 Review

It’s been a not-bad kind of week.  Kind of flew by, but I’m looking at the next few days off, which makes me happy. And it’s funny because while, sure, I like not having to work, the thing that I most look forward to on days off is simply being able to sleep in.  My normal 4:30am alarm time is just way too early for anyone to have to be conscious (and if it matters, my dogs totally agree with me).

Cone off for a quick picture.  Note the festive,
holiday-themed wrapping on his tail.

My Cone of Shame dog is causing less trouble, though he’s still pretty ticked off about having to wear the headgear.  Too bad he’s completely untrustworthy to be left unsupervised without it for more than 20 seconds at a time.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — he’s very lucky he’s so damn cute.

So – a review of the last week before the holidays are in full swing:

Measurements:
Good news here — everything edged down a bit.  My goal of being down 10 pounds by Christmas Eve is possible, as long as I don’t go crazy the next two days.  I’ve got about a pound to go … I’ll hit it!  On another note, I’ll say that I’ve noticed a certain shift in my body composition.  My measurements have gone down, but it’s more than that — it’s like the fat that’s still there is readjusting itself in a more aesthetically pleasing form.  It could all be mental tricks my head is playing on me, but I’ll take it.

Workouts:
Finally I’m getting back at this after almost 2 weeks of being a sloth.  Luckily for me, this was a recovery week, so I was able to fit in all the workouts in the last few days.  Feels good to be strength training again — how often do I have to say this before it motivates me to get off my butt?

Intermittent Fasting:
I’m officially quitting the Primal experiment, but the IF is here to stay.  It’s been a revelation to me and I’m pleased with the results I’m getting.  It really makes me far more mindful of the difference between real hunger and wanting to eat due to boredom/emotional angst/habit.  Also a good lesson in how being hungry won’t kill me (I know!).

Habit:
All about recovery these past two weeks — let’s just say that I’m looking forward to a new habit.  I’ll revisit the idea of BCAA’s after workouts when I feel like I’m doing workouts that warrant special recovery supplements.

Habit Log:
Weeks 1-2: Fish oil and probiotic
Weeks 3-4: Eating slowly
Weeks 5-6: Stop eating at 80% full
Weeks 7-8: Lean protein with every meal
Weeks 9-10: 5 servings of vegetables a day
Weeks 11-12: Make smart carb choices
Weeks 13-14: Plan Meals
Weeks 15-16: Log all food
Weeks 17-18: Create a sleep ritual
Weeks 19-20: Drink only zero calorie beverages
Weeks 21-22: Use targeted recovery strategies